These schools, often private liberal arts institutions that value engagement and diversity, stand in stark contrast to the surrounding communities, where people value tradition and keep to themselves. With this division being used to explain nearly all facets of American politics, it is worth looking at the political realities in the towns where those two cultures are forced to interact.
Month: February 2017
Never Trump? Never Mind
Through the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency, it has become abundantly clear that the GOP prefers to remain silent rather than speak up against the shortcomings of the current administration. I beg of the Republicans in both the House and in the Senate: are there none among you who will put country before party?
What Syria Needs Now
The Syrian war has become synonymous with the vexing, endemic nature of geopolitics in the twenty-first century.Its birth and subsequent deviation from the revolutionary spirit of the Arab Spring is no doubt an unfortunate parody of the West’s own fall from geopolitical idealism in the new millennium.
Capital Punishment on Trial
To be a juror in a murder trial in Washington, a person must tell the court that he or she is comfortable imposing the death penalty. Though this arrangement attempts to ensure that juries across the state will be consistent in their decisions, it necessarily excludes citizens who cannot condone capital punishment.
Birthright: the Free Trip that comes with a Cost
Do not let propaganda advertising the trip as a ‘touching, beautiful way to connect with the broader Jewish community’ fool you. Birthright is a colonial tool, not an innocent, fun trip to take with your friends.
How Orwellian is Trump’s America?
For a state to be Orwellian necessitates two ingredients: language as a tool of deception to obfuscate critical thought and a surveillant autocratic government that coerces national loyalty. At this point, Trump’s America is neither.
Liberalism’s Death requires a New Radical Left
The Democratic Party, increasingly dragged to the right by the Republican Party run amok, is similarly losing its credibility among Americans of conscience. We now know that a platform of gradual liberal progress cannot mobilize many progressive whites and large blocs of people of color. We also know that many white voters, faced with a choice between the liberal status quo and the affirmation that they are not and never will be racially inferior, will vote for the latter.
Corporate Activism Undermines People’s Power
While I am grateful for any action that slows the Trump administration’s agenda or supports the people its executive order is actively harming, I am wary of activism that allows corporations to flex their political power.
The Democratic Party needs to embrace grassroots organizing
Millennial liberals have started to find their political voice, and have started registering to run for office, calling their congressmen and volunteering in campaigns. This is a positive step forward.
How Legacy and Early Decision Benefits the White and Wealthy
As a leading institution of higher education with a particularly shameful history, it is imperative that Davidson works to make the admissions process as fair as possible. Current policies give advantages to wealthy applicants and to a group that is disproportionately white. This breaches Davidson’s professed commitments to integrity, inclusivity and diversity.